End the Mealtime Meltdown
Using the Table Talk Method to Free Your Family from Daily Struggles over Food and Picky Eating
by Stephanie Meyers
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Pub Date 09 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 02 May 2022
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
“For parents who are committed to raising a generation of healthy eaters, this is an important tool!”
—Susan Albers, PsyD, New York Times bestselling author of Eating Mindfully
Restore joy at your dinner table using the innovative Table Talk Method!
But I made it just the way you like it. If you eat your broccoli, you’ll grow up big and strong. No dessert unless you finish your dinner!
Sound familiar? If you’re the parent of a “picky eater,” you’ve likely tried everything to get your kiddo to eat their veggies. And like many other parents, you might have noticed these ideas fail. Your child may not become a gourmand overnight, but the good news is there are ways to help them explore new food—and restore some much-needed mealtime peace.
Written by a dietitian and mindful eating expert, End the Mealtime Meltdown serves up the familiar yet largely unexamined phrases parents say to kids at mealtime, and shows that what you say to your kids can actually sabotage your efforts to instill healthy habits. With this practical guide, you’ll discover the communication skills you need to end conflict at the dinner table—for good.
In the book, you’ll find:
Specific guidance on what NOT to say to kids as they eat
Acknowledgement that conflict at the dinner table is a normal part of parenting
Specific words, scripts, and detailed instruction on how to encourage conversation that positively impacts eating behavior and development
Real-life stories showing how the Table Talk Method can ease parent distress
Instructions on how to tailor this approach to fit your individual needs
Tools to help kids develop a healthy relationship with body and food that will last a lifetime
If you’re craving better ways to deal with turmoil during meals and instill a healthy curiosity about food in your family, this go-to guide is your lifeline.
“As a former English teacher, I am keenly aware of the power of words to shape our thoughts and feelings. Meyers offers practical language tweaks for parents and guardians who want to foster a healthy relationship with food and enjoy more peaceful family meals.
—Oona Hanson, MA, MA, educator and parent coach, and family mentor at Equip Health
“End the Mealtime Meltdown is a unique guide to avoiding food fights with your child. In a calm and reassuring tone, Stephanie Meyers provides tips, tools, and strategies that make eating with kids more peaceful for everyone involved. Meyers’s Table Talk Method replaces parental prodding and cajoling with an open communication style that lays the foundation for a child’s healthy relationship with food now, and in the future.”—Elizabeth Ward, MS, RDN, author of Expect the Best
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